The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu
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Early April in Japan is one of the 'high seasons' for tourist travel due to cherry blossom season. This means that hotels have no vacancies, especially those close to major parks (for prime cherry blossom viewing) and on Saturday nights. Given these factors, we decided to spend the day in Yokohama instead of returning to Tokyo directly from Hakone …
We survived our 12 hour flight from Dallas to Tokyo. Long flights are really wearing. It's disappointing to watch 2 full length movies, a TV show episode, and take a nap and *still* have 6.5 hours left.
It took 2 different train lines with 2 different payment systems to get from the airport to Yokohama. The trains were nice, but the ticket kiosks for the 2nd line were solely in Japanese which made purchasing the right ticket for ...
The generally strong beer never ever seemed to stop flowing and it is all a slight blur. Suffice to say that the evening ended up with a mixture of Brits and Japanese singers ruining songs in a large room at Echo Karaoke in Yokohama. Sadly, yours truly peaked with his first offering when I managed to deliver almost an entire song about what a massive "c@c*nut" Chris Martin from Coldplay may be to the soundtrack of "Viva ...
... one that was open for a few pretty postcards, and that's really what I was on a mission for.
After some pictures and walking around the shrine we headed toward a restaurant that had been recommended by our host. I'll say here since I left it out of the first day recap that the main host, Koji, is the exclusive translator of the head guy at Dentsu, a.k.a. "the Black Devil". Background on the Black Devil is that ...
Weekend trip to Yushima tenmangu shrine - one of the famous places to see Ume or Plum blossoms. So excited to see ume blossoms for the first time.
I'll tell you a li'll bit of the history.... (source: japan-guide)
Ume = Japanese plum = Japanese apricot.
Originally from China - was brought to Japan many centuries ago. Initially it plays an important role in Japanese culture ...